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Good question - it is a silly myth. If you really want to prevent tarnishing and buildup, brush your teeth before you play / keep your mouth clean. Clean your trumpet regularly (and I mean, a FULL bath clean!) Have it serviced by a certified tech regularly, and always stay on top of your maintenance with oil, slide grease, etc. Too much oil in the ...


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If the issue is to practice more quietly, there are many things you can do before frankensteining your instruments. Adjust the vibes On vibes, set the paddles parallel with the bars - that will cut your sound significantly and is a really easy thing to do. Most of the marimbas I've played had springs to hold the tension on the cord. Release that somewhat ...


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I got a percussion degree. Even I was never totally clear on what physical characteristics to look for in a triangle, but like @Todd said, you want to go with the sound. For MOST music, you want a nice, clear sound. You said you're doing pop music. You probably won't want something with too much sustain (cheaper may be better). You'll also want high pitch ...


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Not being a percussionist, when I want to add auxilliary percussion I get an idea in my mind of what sound I want, I go to the store and play the options in my price range until I find the closest thing to whats in my head, and I buy that. On recording aux percussion in general, you want to think about how it will fit with the rest of the sound. The more ...


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Well, @GregJackson missed your point. I believe your point is that you've heard people claim that changing the instrumentation can have a big change in the overall effect of a piece, but you yourself have not experienced this. Perhaps you're thinking that those of us who have experienced it are just imagining it, or perhaps you're curious how to have this ...


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Curved windways are usually considered to give a more interesting, complex tone quality, but I couldn't give an acoustic reason for this. They're definitely more difficult to produce I've also heard it suggested that a curved windway is superior because it allows condensation to drain to the edges of the windway more easily, where it will interfere less.


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Someone above made the comment that down-bows are pulling the bow and up-bows are pushing the bow. This may be true, but it's not my understanding. Clearly, down-bows are pulling the bow over the string. And I think the Russian style is for the hand to be somewhat rigid on the bow, so up-bows are indeed pushing on the string. But the in the ...



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